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On Tour [Paperback]

Bradley Wiggins
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11 Nov 2010

'There is me trailing home 131st and, for all I know, I might be a top 50 rider if we all started on a level playing field . . . Bollocks to you all. You are a bunch of cheating bastards. At least I can look myself in the mirror.'

Bradley Wiggins contemplates Floyd Landis testing positive for testosterone in the 2006 Tour de France.

This 2010 account was an instant book published in the autumn following the Tour. Part day-by-day diary, it includes wider, deeper reflections on the history of the Tour, its famous figures and what they mean to him and is also illustrated with Scott Mitchell's atmospheric, black and white photography.

The Tour was featured in Wiggins's 2008 autobiography, In Pursuit of Glory, but really only in the light of a scandal he was caught up in at the time. The emphasis of his previous memoir was very much on his childhood, his father and track cycling at the Olympics; here, Wiggins' new found love of road racing, and its pinnacle, the Tour de France, take centre stage, particularly the gruelling 2010 race, which although played out somewhat in the shadow of his high finish in 2009, was nevertheless an exemplary exercise in true grit and fighting spirit against the odds.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (11 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140913136X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409131366
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bradley Wiggins is the Olympic gold-medal winning cyclist who has achieved all there is to achieve in his sport. The new PB edition of 'In Pursuit of Glory' contains material on the 2009 Tour De France.

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ON TOUR is a brutally honest account of this year's Tour...ON TOUR puts road cycling and, ultimately, the burden of expectation which comes with it, on centre stage. (ROADCYCLINGUK.COM)

As well as Wiggins's brutally honest account of his Tour...the book is illustrated by Mitchell's stunningly atmospheric black-and-white photographs (MSN.CO.UK)

Great new book by Bradley Wiggins...A great gift for anyone interested in cycling like me!! (Sir Paul Smith)

An illuminating insight into life in and out of the saddle (SPORT MAGAZINE)

a suitably gritty but illuminating book...supplemented by atmospheric black-and-white photographs. (Donald McRae THE GUARDIAN)

Beautifully supported by Scott Mitchell's photography...Contains wit, intelligence, self-awareness and brilliant appreciation of fellow riders, a credit to Wiggins (Huw Richards THE GUARDIAN)

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Behind the scenes at the 2010 Tour de France with Britain's greatest hope, Bradley Wiggins.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read and good photos too 16 Nov 2010
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As a fan of all things Bradley Wiggins I was always going to like this book but its a really good read and gives a fascinating insight into the life of a professional cyclist on the Tour. It's more interesting because Wiggo's 2010 tour was not as successful as he hoped so the book is unusual in that it does more than just list his successes and the good times. The anecdotes and views on fellow riders are a refreshing change from the corporate messaging that comes out of most interviews and commentary around the TdF. The contemporaneous style and content of the book also make it more interesting. The photos tell their own story which runs as a parallel commentary on Wiggo's progress in the 2010 TdF. Definitely worth reading for itself but also a great Christmas present for anyone with an interest in the TdF, cycling or just professional sport generally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating 27 Dec 2010
Perhaps it's unfair to compare this book with Brad's first book as they are two very different beasts, but for me this is by far the better. The autobiography was a typical premature sports publication, this however is a book perfectly weighted and perfectly timed. It's written as a diary of the 2010 Tour de France with additional afterthoughts sprinkled in. It takes you into the mind and experience of a Tour rider battling in a race which didn't go to plan, he talks about his respect for other riders and comments on some of the controversies of the race. It's an easy book to read and it's all of interest, written in a chatty and personal style. It doesn't take long to read as it's not very long but the enjoyment I got from the two evenings it took me to finish it was worth every penny. There is more space taken by the photographs by Scott Mitchell than the words of Wiggins so it's really a joint publication, and the pictures are a fantastic fly on the wall collection which absolutely enhance the text.
Thoroughly recommended
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3.0 out of 5 stars Clean living under difficult circumstances 13 Dec 2010
This book races past like a stage in the Tour. This is reportage in book form. In between the excellent black and white photographs are conversation pieces from different periods from the 2010 Tour that are loosely chronological, with occasional digressions into the work of bike mechanics, a personal take on Lance A, and even a Wiggins play list - a mixture of 60's Mod, Brit Pop and Northern Soul -, which he listened to on the Tour. This is all interesting enough, but it is not going to pull up any trees. Yet there is much that is endearing about Wiggins, and this, perhaps, is the books strength. His is a character tempered by taste and integrity, and the book says much about Wiggins the world class athlete and Wiggins the self-confessed Mod, or as Pete Meaden like to describe it, 'clean living under difficult circumstances'. Such a phrase perfectly sums up his attitude to cycle racing. Wiggins will put out better books than this, yet for all of its brevity, it gives some measure of the man and therein lies its appeal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On Tour - Love it!! 18 Aug 2011
If you are tired of reading the same old cycling drug scandals (excluding Millars recent epic novel) then this book is for you. I loved it and continue to love it as it sits perfectly on the coffee table and is great for a photographic flick through. It's the perfect mix of ultra cool snap shots and just enough really interesting and highly entertaining sound bites. It captures perfectly the essence of the new rider in the new peleton......honest, hard working, human and full of emotion. Coupled with my Chasing Legends DVD it injects a vivid sense of reality and a return to heart and soul of the world greatest sport. Highly reccomended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars unputdownable 3 Jan 2011
From cover to cover a fascinating read and a real insight into both man and event. It's a difficult book to put down, 'just one more chapter' being the usual response to any interuption. A surprising format, though. With the excellent black and white photographs that feature on almost every page it was surely worthy of hardback status.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insiders view 25 Jan 2011
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Candid blow by blow account from a leading Tour de France competitor who doesn't shrink from telling as it is when his hopes and plans for a high overall finish place go pear shaped. Bradley was under intense pressure to perform in the 2010 TDF and this diary account reveals what was going through his mind whilst under the media spotlight. Wry, enthusiastic, entertaining and honest sharing of the highs and lows of an under-achieving campaign. Black and white photos compliment and imaginatively support the narrative.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good insight 1 May 2012
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A good insight and worth the read for any sky , wiggins or tour de france fan? Recommended read although a bit of a quick one
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
great pics but overall not that particularly well written which is a bit disappointing. there are much better cycling books out there!
Published 8 months ago by John McGregor
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Book
Bought this as a gift for a ' non competitive' cycling friend. He tells me it was an enjoyable read
Published 20 months ago by madkow
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Coffee Table Book
Superb photos and brief pop vox chapters make this one of the best quick reads for any fan of British cycling. Works brilliantly on coffee tables or downstairs toilet bookshelves. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Pride Of Manchester
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks good to me !
Unfortunately I can't give a greatly detailed review of this as it was a gift for my husbands birthday. Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2012 by J&A
5.0 out of 5 stars Great photos, great account, great read!
A photo montage and account of Wiggns's 2010 Tour de France.
The photos are all in B&W and are beautifully composed and selected, giving some of the magic of the tour, and the... Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2012 by Half Man, Half Book
4.0 out of 5 stars Well well worth a read
I'm sceptical of most sports autobiographies (despite having read Brad's and Cav's). But I was needing something to help kick start my training this year. Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2012 by Adam Monaghan
3.0 out of 5 stars great insight for fans of Wiggo
Enjoyed this photo journal of the 2010 tour. A great read if you're new to pro cycling, the tour, or a fan of Bradley Wiggins
Published on 19 Dec 2010 by TopGearSkin
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